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E3, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Style
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With game companies announcing
The games they’re releasing
Let’s all give a cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
It’s the hap-happiest season of all
With those new game unveilings
And everyone hailing
The games for this fall
It’s the hap-happiest season of all
There’ll be parties for hosting
Noob balls we’ll be roasting
So let’s go check out the new shows
There’ll be celebrities showing
The games that are going
To blow our minds, that much we know
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
The worlds shown before us
Will soon join the chorus
The launch dates are near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
[Instrumental]
There’ll be parties for hosting
Noob balls we’ll be roasting
So let’s go check out the new shows
There’ll be celebrities showing
The games that are going
To blow our minds, that much we know
It’s the most wonderful time
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Princess on the Run: The Beginning
    “Princess Kara!  Are you ready?” the handmaiden shouted from behind the door to her bedchambers.
    “Yes, Dalia, I’m ready,” came Kara’s reply.
    “Your mother and father are waiting!  Be down in the great hall in five minutes!”
    Kara could hear the handmaiden’s footsteps grow quieter as she walked away.  She chuckled at the thought of a lowly handmaiden giving her orders.  But, such was the life of a princess.  She looked out her window to see a fleet of starfighters flying in formation.  They circled and looped, eventually forming the number 18.  What an elaborate way to celebrate my birthday, Kara sarcastically thought to herself.  Even though she was princess of one of the largest empires in the universe, she did not have a taste for flair.  She preferred the simpler things in life.  The same could not be
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Star
“Now, steady friend,
Welcomed as remaindered gleam,
Earth’s enemy, long dead.”
Those words speak volumes to me,
For they describe a star.
A star, although shining bright today,
May be long gone by now in reality,
Never again giving off a warm glow to
Its planetary children, never again
Filling one with a sense of wonder
As to what is out there.  But what
Difference does one star make when I
Cannot see any other stars?
Are they dead, too?  How?
How could this happen?
Did they die in a blaze of glory?
No, they didn’t.
We killed them.
Our city lights have murdered
The heavenly ones.
The artificial has destroyed the natural.
Only pockets of such beauty remain,
Visible only where Man has not
Ravaged the Earth beyond recognition.
Yet, Man slowly encroaches into these
Pockets, determined to execute
Every last point of celestial light.
“Earth’s enemy.”
Are they our enemy?
Or are we theirs?
Will we finish our heinous work?
Or will we repent of
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Taking Free Requests - Closed for now
HELLO FRIENDS,
I WILL BE TAKING FREE REQUESTS. I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW MANY REQUESTS I WILL BE TAKING, SO I'LL JUST ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS.
HERE IS THE INFO:
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Win a free sketch! ~WINNERS!
Hey guys x3
so this was an idea of a dear friend that i should do a lottery and give a chance for all of you to win a free sketch! 8D i always get happy when artists gives us a chance to participate to win free sketches if i had no points/money ;u; so why not? >w>
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So the last couple days have been somewhat eventful (and incredibly stressful and frustrating) for us at home.

A friend of my parents cannot afford to keep her seven month old puppy (supposedly a black lab, although some people, including myself, have said she may have some pit bull in her) anymore, and we offered to take it off her hands.  We did a little trial run of it these last couple days, to see if things would work out.

Needless to say, it didn't, as much as I really wanted it to.

The dog, being a puppy, of course, was too energetic, had yet to be spayed, and has had no obedience training.  So she kept jumping on the furniture or on us.  She would also try to nip at us.  A few times, she tried to nibble on my ears, and even try to eat my wristwatch or my leather winter gloves.  And we also have quite a few scratch marks from her claws.

But if that wasn't the worst of it, she kept doing her business in the house, and not outside.  She did it a couple times outside, but most of the time, she ended up doing it on our basement carpet, which we will have to shampoo soon.

We were thinking of getting the dog with the intent of it being a therapy dog for me, to help alleviate my stress levels.  But this dog had the opposite effect.  For the last couple of days, my stress levels have been through the roof, as well as that of my family's.  I had trouble sleeping last night because I was fretting about the dog.

So ultimately, we had to sadly give the dog back to my parent's friend, so she can find another owner.  But in any case, after this experience, I don't think a dog is in my foreseeable future for now.  Or any high-maintenance pet, for that matter.  It will probably end up being fish or reptiles for me, from now on, if anything at all.

But right now, I just need to de-stress from the last couple days, because right now, I am physically, mentally, and emotionally drained.  :( (Sad) 
Happy Turkey Day everyone!  Yeah, it's a little early, but I'm gonna be on the road really early tomorrow, and I won't have my computer with me, so I'm posting this message now, before I go to bed.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, because I get to stuff myself full of food and meet with family that I haven't seen in forever.  Looking forward to it!  :D
Wow, it's been several months since my last Journal post.  I've had some ups and downs since then.

On the issue of health:

UPSIDE:  I managed to fully recover from my Bell's Palsy about three weeks after the onset of the symptoms (as explained in my previous Journal here:  Back From Vacation).

DOWNSIDE:  Now I'm beginning to suffer from some stomach issues whenever I eat meat (usually beef), eggs, or greasy food, usually resulting in a trip to the bathroom, so I may need to see the doctor about that.

I've also managed to get some upsides and downsides when it comes to video games as well:

DOWNSIDE #1:  Like many others, I was not able to preorder the SNES Classic Edition like I wanted to, meaning that I would have to be extremely lucky to get my hands on one.

UPSIDE #1:  I did manage to get my hands on an SNES Classic Edition, after waiting for several hours outside GameStop to get one.

UPSIDE #2:  I finally managed to get a shelving unit for all of my games.  My Mom got new shelving units for her classroom, and she was kind enough to give me hers.  Previously, all my games were in drawers, both in my dresser and under my bed, but now, they're all on the shelf, organized by console and in alphanumeric order.  So that means that my dresser space is freed up, so I was finally able to put the T-Shirts that had been sitting in a laundry basket for over a year into the empty drawers.

DOWNSIDE #2:  Sadly, that's only for the games that were in the drawers themselves, all of which were disc-based (except for the Switch games).  I still have a couple of boxes on or near my bookcase with NES, Atari 2600, and Sega Genesis games that need to be put away.  The shelving unit that my Mom gave me is already full of game discs, meaning I will have to get another shelving unit for the game cartridges as well.

UPSIDE #3:  I also managed to get my Xbox One in a playable state again.  It wasn't broken, but the hard drive was so full that I couldn't update anything on it, meaning that I couldn't play any games.  But yesterday, I transferred files from one of my external hard drives to another one, plus onto a couple of thumb drives that I have, and reformatted the empty drive to use with my Xbox One.  So I was able to transfer game data over from the Xbox One's internal hard drive to the external one.

DOWNSIDE #3:  Sadly, even though I transferred almost every downloaded game onto the external hard drive, I still only have 42 GB left on the internal storage drive in the system.  As I learned yesterday, it turns out that the Xbox One only allows 362 GB to be used for storage; the other 138 GB is used for the operating system and other unknown features.  So that means that (barring any major, multi-gigabyte updates for games like GTA V) I can only put at least one more game on the internal drive before I have to start using the external drive to store game data on.
[EDIT]:  When trying to install Middle Earth:  Shadow of Mordor today, the file size of which was well under the amount of storage I had left (according to IGN) it said that I didn't have enough storage.  Looking at the free space left on the internal hard drive, I only have 27.7 GB left now, and I haven't installed anything else onto the internal drive or updated anything; so where did the other 14.3 GB go?

When it comes to DeviantArt, there's some stuff to talk about as well:

DOWNSIDE:  Some artists that I followed here have shut down their accounts or deleted their content, which I found sad, because their art was of great quality, both visually and verbally.  My attempt to retrieve their old artwork using the Internet Archives was fruitless; apparently, while the Internet Archives may have archived the home pages and galleries of these artists, it did not archive the actual artworks themselves, meaning that they're lost forever unless somebody who downloaded them before their deletion comes forth with the files.

UPSIDE:  A friend of one of the artists who recently shut down his account managed to upload almost all of the artist's artwork to Mediafire.  A few days ago, the artist deleted most of his content before shutting down his account altogether, and I wasn't able to download some of my favorite pieces in time.  Fortunately, the friend of the artist had them, plus copies of the ones that I did manage to download, so I now have my favorite pieces of art by this artist to enjoy at my heart's content from now on.

So that's pretty much the big stuff that has been happening with my life lately.  Some good stuff, some bad stuff, but I'm looking forward to more good stuff in the future, especially on the video game front.  Here's hoping.  =)
Hey guys, in my last post, I said that I was on vacation in Northern Wisconsin, but I am now safely back home in Illinois. But sadly, it's not all fun and roses.

During the last few days of my vacation, I came down with a rather acute pain in and around my left ear.  I brushed it off as a common ear infection, thinking it would resolve itself within a few days, as is common.

But today, while eating lunch, I discovered that the left side of my mouth was not doing what I wanted it to do.  The muscle action felt all wrong when I was eating my ramen with a spoon, or drinking the broth from the pot, or drinking from my cup.  Looking in the bathroom mirror, I tried to smile, even showing my teeth, but the left side of my mouth was drooping compared to my right side.  Not only that, but I was having difficulty closing my left eye.  And I could only flare my right nostril, but not my left.  And the left side of my face feels numb somewhat.

So, I Googled the symptoms, including the pain in my ear, and the Internet spit out Bell's Palsy.  A trip to the emergency room (just in case it was a mini-stroke; uncommon for a 24 year old, but still) confirmed this.

The recovery time for this is at the very least two weeks.  At the most, it could take up to six months or even a year to fully recover, if at all.

But the left side of my face is pretty much useless right now.  I cannot close my left eye unless my right eye is closed (and even that is difficult), even if I tape my left eye shut, as the doctor suggested.  So I have to take eye drops as needed to keep my eye moist.

So I am pretty much going to be laid up for a bit while recovering from this.  It's by no means a serious disease, and the symptoms usually resolve themselves with time.  But I won't be able to function at 100% capacity for a while.

My life sucks.  :cries:
So I just beat Hero Mode in Splatoon 2.  For the most part, I enjoyed it, but there is quite a bit to complain about as well.

WARNING:  SPOILERS FOLLOW

For starters, the mode's story is essentially a copy/paste of the first game's Hero Mode, in that the Octarians have stolen the Great Zapfish, and you have to get it back.  However, this time around, Callie has gone missing as well, and you have to find her (turns out, she was kidnapped by DJ Octavio and brainwashed using what he called Hypnoshades; she stands on top of DJ Octavio's stage mech during the final battle, but otherwise, does nothing else except sing).

Gameplay-wise, it is mostly the same, in that it is a platforming game where you use your weapon to fire ink and splat Octarians.  However, there are some instances that differ from the first game:

1.  First and foremost, you have a variety of weapons to choose from (instead of having to use an Amiibo like in the first game).  The first time you play through these levels, you can only play with one weapon, especially if Sheldon gives you one for "research."  But when replaying these levels, you can select any weapon you want for completion's sake.

2.  Every level, along with a Sunken Scroll, has what is known as Sardinium, which you can apparently use to upgrade weapons at Ammo Knights.  At the time of writing this, I am unable to access Ammo Knights, because I cannot participate in any Turf Wars (due to currently being on vacation in Northern Wisconsin with extremely limited Internet capabilities), so I cannot use the Sardinium I collected.

3.  You can now shoot ink while grinding on ink rails.  This is important when fighting DJ Octavio.

4.  Speaking of DJ Octavio, the boss battle seems a bit more simplistic this time around compared to the first game.  Instead of traveling through a large world like in the first game, you are confined to an arena similar to the ones that you fought the other bosses in.  You still have to shoot at his fists and knock them back at him, but instead of having to shoot back an ink missile that he fires at you, like in the first game, he falls out of his stage mech, and you have to shoot him.  Eventually, you will grind along ink rails above the arena, wielding a Rainmaker, but essentially the goal is the same:  knock his fists back at him until he falls to the ground, and once you jump onto him, you win.

But now, we get to the part where we critique some of these points.

For starters, I am not fond of the story.  For one, given that it's a repeat of the first game's story, nothing fresh (no pun intended) was really added to it.  Then again, Nintendo is notorious for repeating the same story over and over again (Bowser kidnaps Peach, and Mario has to save her; Ganon kidnaps Zelda, and Link has to save her; Andross threatens the Lylat system, and Star Fox has to defeat him; Samus has to fight off the Space Pirates and the Metroids; you get the idea), with minor alterations.

And I think they really dropped the ball with Callie's disappearance.  Simply having her brainwashed, but really contributing nothing else to the story except for some dialogue really felt like a waste of her character this time around.  I would have preferred that Agent 4 battled Callie before fighting DJ Octavio.

But I had one idea that would have been better all around:

Given that the events of the final Splatfest from the last game were supposed to tie into the events of this game, I think it would have been better for Nintendo to have written the story so that Callie was secretly bitter about the results of the final Splatfest, and her bitterness and anger eventually caused her to snap, and she willingly defected to the Octarians, and stole the Great Zapfish to show that she meant business.

During the final battle, after Agent 4 fought Callie, Marie would battle Callie on top of the stage while Agent 4 battled DJ Octavio.  Eventually, Agent 4 would defeat DJ Octavio, and the stage would crash to the ground.  Marie would jump to safety, but Callie would be buried under the rubble.  Marie would rush to the stage and dig through the rubble to save Callie, who had just been knocked unconscious.

Callie comes to, and Marie confronts her one last time.  Callie, overcome with a wave of regret, breaks down into tears and pours out her feelings about the result of the Splatfest.  Marie embraces her cousin and comforts her, saying that the results of the Splatfest never mattered to her; in her book, Callie was always Number One.  After all, Callie was Agent 1 for a reason.  Callie apologizes for what she did and vows to be a better sport in the future.  Callie and Marie then get back together and go on a reunion tour.

And when you go to replay the final boss battle, a robotic replica of Callie replaces the real Callie, which Marie fights while you battle DJ Octavio.  Except instead, the cutscene where Callie and Marie reconcile does not happen.

And then, we get to the gameplay aspect.  Despite some new elements added, like different weapons and gameplay mechanics, it still largely felt the same as the first game.  And that's not a good thing.  I had hoped that it would have been taken in an entirely different direction this time around with the gameplay.  If you rely on the same method of gameplay, you run the risk of the series becoming stale.

That's why I hope, if they make a Splatoon 3, that they go in an entirely different direction with the gameplay and story in Hero Mode.  I had a couple ideas:

1.  Instead of the Octarians trying to steal the Great Zapfish once again, I'd like to see them launch an all-out invasion of Inkling society.  And due to their technological superiority (as evidenced by one of the Sunken Scrolls in this game), they are close to winning the war.  It is up to Cap'n Cuttlefish and the New Squidbeak Splatoon to launch a daring and desperate counterattack to drive back the Octarians and defeat them once and for all.  Cap'n Cuttlefish and the Squid Sisters would take a support role, giving orders, offering advice, and dropping ordinance.  Agents 3 and 4 would not appear, given that they are on a mission elsewhere.  The New Squidbeak Splatoon would be comprised of four new members:  Agent 5, a male Inkling and the leader of the squad, with a serious, no-nonsense demeanor; Agent 6, a female Inkling with a bubbly, happy-go-lucky personality, but still extremely capable in combat; Agent 7, a female Octoling who defected to the Inklings, and has a cold and distant exterior, but warms up to the rest of the team, especially Agent 8; and finally Agent 8, the newest recruit, and can either be a female or male Inkling or Octoling (player's choice).

2.  Instead of having it as a platformer like in the first two games, have each level as an open space, where you and your team progress through the level, splatting the Octarians, trying to reach your objective.  In a way, the gameplay would be similar to Halo or Call of Duty.  Yes, it's a dramatic change from the previous two games, but one that I think would keep the series fresh enough to stay relevant for current and future gamers alike.

Ultimately, while I largely enjoyed the Hero Mode (despite a couple levels where I got multiple game overs), I felt it could have been better.  I would hope that Splatoon 3, if they ever make one, will implement some of the changes I suggested to make it better than it could ever be.

So, as it stands now, taking into account story and gameplay, I would rate Hero Mode in Splatoon 2:

7/10
So the last couple days have been somewhat eventful (and incredibly stressful and frustrating) for us at home.

A friend of my parents cannot afford to keep her seven month old puppy (supposedly a black lab, although some people, including myself, have said she may have some pit bull in her) anymore, and we offered to take it off her hands.  We did a little trial run of it these last couple days, to see if things would work out.

Needless to say, it didn't, as much as I really wanted it to.

The dog, being a puppy, of course, was too energetic, had yet to be spayed, and has had no obedience training.  So she kept jumping on the furniture or on us.  She would also try to nip at us.  A few times, she tried to nibble on my ears, and even try to eat my wristwatch or my leather winter gloves.  And we also have quite a few scratch marks from her claws.

But if that wasn't the worst of it, she kept doing her business in the house, and not outside.  She did it a couple times outside, but most of the time, she ended up doing it on our basement carpet, which we will have to shampoo soon.

We were thinking of getting the dog with the intent of it being a therapy dog for me, to help alleviate my stress levels.  But this dog had the opposite effect.  For the last couple of days, my stress levels have been through the roof, as well as that of my family's.  I had trouble sleeping last night because I was fretting about the dog.

So ultimately, we had to sadly give the dog back to my parent's friend, so she can find another owner.  But in any case, after this experience, I don't think a dog is in my foreseeable future for now.  Or any high-maintenance pet, for that matter.  It will probably end up being fish or reptiles for me, from now on, if anything at all.

But right now, I just need to de-stress from the last couple days, because right now, I am physically, mentally, and emotionally drained.  :( (Sad) 

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